Renaissance Journalism is pleased to welcome Daphne Magnawa to our team. Daphne will serve as our Managing Director of Programs and will oversee the launch of our initiatives, including two new efforts: a national journalism fellowship program focused on reimagining housing, land use and notions of home through the lens of equity and LaunchPad, an early-career program to support next-gen social justice-focused journalists.
Daphne brings more than 20 years of experience as a mission-driven leader with multidisciplinary experience in the private and nonprofit sectors. Before joining Renaissance, she served as the director of membership and community at the San Francisco Public Press, where she oversaw audience growth, partnership engagement and development operations. She also founded and chaired the organization’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and designed programs that integrated new policies into the strategic planning process.
“We are thrilled to have someone with Daphne’s strong program management and community engagement skills combined with her commitment to public-interest journalism join our small but mighty team,” said Valerie Bush, executive director of Renaissance Journalism. “She will be invaluable in helping us grow as an organization with greater capacity and impact.”
After working in the technology sector, Daphne began a career in public service with a focus on education. She was the program expansion director at the Potrero Residents Education Fund and served as treasurer on the board of directors. She continued supporting education as co-executive director at Public Engagement for Public Schools and launched pilot programs that increased school capacity and funding streams.